It's over! the headlines shriek, and they accomplished nothing!
Well, the headlines are wrong. The idiot GOP accomplished plenty, none of it good. And even the "It's Over!!" part isn't accurate, because for my colleagues and me, the superfun part is now just beginning. I'll be going back to work this morning after twiddling my thumbs for 2 1/2 weeks, and I'm not looking forward to the damage control.
Yes, yes, apparently I'll be paid for the worst vacation ever, like a Band-Aid on a flea bite, but a cursory check of my emails at work reveals a few minor disasters that I'm sure don't seem minor to my clients, the innocent publishers and scholars on tight deadlines who are freaking the fuck out. Even from my tiny little cupboard of the federal government, little ripples of failure and frustration, all totally pointless and unnecessary, are spreading. And I'm one of the lucky ones at my workplace! My office mate, for instance, is royally screwed. My friends who are contract workers won't get paid at all for the period we were shut down. And they are hardly the Rich Uncle Pennybags characterized by idiot teabaggers and "conservative" news outlets. They are painting conservators, carpenters, gift shop employees living paycheck to paycheck, etc.
This is one time when I will allow myself to express righteous indignation, that tiresome tone I've worked all these years to avoid on this blog.
Stupid assholes. Fuck you.